Democracy, especially local democracy, is essential. It provides the building blocks of society which make sure our loved ones are cared for, our children are educated and our neighbourhoods are safe and well-maintained. A vibrant local democracy needs the best people to represent your local community. It needs to deliver services which meet the needs of its citizens. Crucially, it needs citizens that are engaged and who are willing to play their part to make the difference for their area if it’s to really thrive in an open and fair way. 


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Did you know that there are lots of ways you can have your say and make the difference to local democracy? 


Contact your local Councillor


Your elected councillors, 75 in total, serve you and your community and are responsible for areas of the city called wards, there are 29 in total.  It’s their role to represent you and your concerns and to lobby on your behalf.


You can email, write a letter or telephone your councillorExternal link opens in a new window . Many of our members are also engaging on social media.


Attend public meetings


There are regular Council meetings, Planning meetings (both televised live on our websiteExternal link opens in a new window ) and five Scrutiny Committee meetings which are all open to the public. The dates and locations are all published on our websiteExternal link opens in a new window


Download the Modern.gov App


You can get regular updates on issues of interest and local issues in your ward, whilst you are on the move via your mobile devices. Sign up to the modern.gov app todayExternal link opens in a new window !

 

Follow us on Social Media


We send out regular updates on our services, events and any consultations taking place. It’s well worth following us on TwitterExternal link opens in a new window and liking our page on FacebookExternal link opens in a new window . Many of your local councillors are also embracing social media channels. The hashtag #cdfcouncilExternal link opens in a new window also captures regular debates taking place about local democracy in Cardiff. 


Take part in Public Consultations


We regularly hold consultations on proposals that may affect you, your community and the services we provide. All of our consultations are widely available. Live consultations can be found at:


Future developments


We are always looking at ways of strengthening engagement with you. Here’s some of the options we will be developing shortly…

  • Public questions at Scrutiny Committees pilot
  • e-petitions


Crowdfunding


This is a relatively new way for you to get involved and make the difference to your local communityExternal link opens in a new window . This is where people get together to raise money for restoration projects, community events or basically anything (within the bounds of the law) that matters to you and your community.


Questions and Petitions


Throughout the year you can ask a question or submit a petition concerning something that matters to you and your community. You can do this by contacting your local councillor. Your question or petition can then be taken/submitted at the next Full Council or Scrutiny meeting.


Young people can join the Cardiff Youth Council


Every school can nominate three representatives to be part of the Cardiff Youth CouncilExternal link opens in a new window . Three ‘Grand Council’ meetings are held every year in City Hall. You can find out lots more on the Cardiff Youth Service Facebook pageExternal link opens in a new window or TwitterExternal link opens in a new window .